Opibus wins contract with Uber for electric motorcycles in Africa
After the completion of a successful pilot program in 2021, Swedish-Kenyan electric vehicle maker Opibus has formed a strategic partnership with Uber to expand the use of electric motorcycles.
Uber’s platform is already operational across Africa, so the goal of the collaboration is to simplify the deployment of electric motorcycles across the continent. 3,000 electric motorcycles will be supplied to Uber by Opibus in 2022 to meet the demand of the drivers of the carpooling company.
Opibus developed and launched the first electric motorcycle in Africa, designed to offer performance suited to local infrastructure and environmental conditions. The motorcycle is built around the concept of a dual replaceable battery pack.
Mikael Gånge, Co-Founder and Sales Director of Opibus, said: “We are seeing a huge demand for locally designed electric motorcycles on the African continent, and by working with UBER we have now been able to prove the feasibility of a large-scale deployment. Next year  we are increasing our production to meet market demand, both in Kenya and the region.
Commenting on the benefits for drivers, Ronald Ogachi Zablon, UberBoda, said: “It has completely changed the way I drive. The motorcycle does not require any mechanical gear shifting, it is very easy to ride. I was impressed with the instantaneous speed on startup. It also has a large luggage rack, which makes it convenient for carrying luggage and more capacity on board for passengers. Normally it is difficult to communicate in transit due to the noise of motorcycles, but this particular Opibus motorcycle is silent. I can talk to passengers and it is even designed and built in Kenya.“
Image courtesy of Opibus.